Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He is having a test in the following week, so we solved his test prep problem set together. The test is for concepts and calculations related to multivariate calculus, for which the student must know how to find the limits and (higher-order) derivatives, as well as how to perform dot and cross product productions between 3-D vectors and interpret or apply it in geometrical analysis. We solved the 25 problems and reviewed the concepts when necessary, with me giving him instructions on the general strategy, and him performing the detailed calculations. He knows the basics, and needs me to connects the concepts and show him why such concept(s) are used in some cases."
"Implicit differentiation. Proved derivative of sin and cos functions. Worked a little on physics, Newton's Laws, and force balance problems."
"Worked more with functions (plotting points, solving for y at different x's). Also worked on some chemistry, beginning energy/photons/Planck's constant."
"I worked with the student on his math by first quizzing him on his addition flashcards. He did well on them. After this we worked on subtraction, which is an area he is currently struggling a bit with. All in all, the student was trying hard and got through a subtraction section on a worksheet."
"The student is currently working on adding and subtracting with fractions and mixed numbers. She had two worksheets assigned and was able to complete them both in about 45 minutes. Her biggest challenge was working with common denominators, but is doing much better with them than during our last couple of sessions. She also approaches mixed numbers as a whole number and a fraction as opposed to switching it to an improper fraction. I introduced her to writing fractions as decimals- this topic right around the corner. We looked at a writing a couple problems with 10 as 5 as denominators in decimal form. She asked to keep this paper showing the equivalents; this is a sign she is interested!"
"The student expressed real excitement at the start of the session. He has recently gone from an F grade in math, up to a C-. Needless to say, this is great news to hear. So, for this session, we went over a pop quiz that was given in his math class. He did not do very well and we spent this session correcting his mis-steps and talking through better, more careful strategies at problem solving. He consistently shows good arithmetic skills, but he tends to get confused as to what to do when in regards to fractions. A common struggle is nailing the method when adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Improving these skills will be a through-line of our winter/spring."